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The Medicine Man EP

Francesco Tarantini

SSOH
SSOH 46 | 2011-05-04  
ITALIAN YOUNG GUN SETS THE BARR FOR NU-DISCO-FUNK MOVEMENT WITH HIS SOPHOMORE EP ON CLAUDE MONNET'S SSOH RECORDS IMPRINTFRANCESCO TARANTINI – THE MEDECINE MAN EP

ITALIAN YOUNG GUN SETS THE BARR FOR NU-DISCO-FUNK MOVEMENT WITH HIS SOPHOMORE EP ON CLAUDE MONNET'S SSOH RECORDS IMPRINT

Francesco Tarantini – he got tha' funk. And then some. In his second outing on Parisian innovator Claude Monnet's SSOH Records, Tarantini serves up a sextet of tracks on an outstanding EP that doesn't just establish him as a major new player to keep an eye on – but a seriously talented touchstone for a new generation of house music lovers around the world.
Punchy, fat, funk offering Circles kicks proceedings off, cyclical, rotund basslines chugging under punctuating sample drops, driving the tune round and round, easing the EP into its main body. Downtown, with its upbeat rhythm and warping bass drops, builds up with phenomenal energy towards a massive breakdown, climaxing before dropping down into a beautiful, luscious and unanticipated deep house movement. The stuttering, three-quarter beat of Echoes, with its bosom-hugging organ melodies in the bass, its top end percussive treble and infusion of piano melodies in the middle just begs your body to move, Tarantini adding more and more layers to the mix as the tune takes over any spare space in the room. The piano/organ duet that caps it all off before throwing it back down again is a genius moment of inspiration. This is funk and house at its very best.
Giving things a Green Velvet-esque twist is Time To Wait. Deep, dark, funky, wonky and with an experimental edge to it, Time To Wait is perfect for those moments when the lights go down and the big beats drop. It's House, with practically obese squelching bass and funk-fuelled organs is simply fantastic deep house, before Tarantini brings what is essentially half an album to a close with the huge, 70s-inspired disco track La Disco. Strings, piano, bass, percussion, barely-there breathy vocal samples, La Disco is a riot of heady, orchestral elements that is out and out pure dance floor to its core.
If you didn't know who Francesco Tarantini was before The Medecine Man EP, you will now.

Early support by:

- Scope - will play echoes, thanks!

- Andy Ward - on first listen i'm sure there is something i can support here! Downtown is my cut!

- Marlon D - very hot release, Circle is my choice cut

- Stephane Pompougnac (Hotel Costes) -I love all of them,verry deep ,the sound is perfect.

- Demarkus Lewis - Nicely polished but still holds true to the underground vibe.. Nice 1

- Graham Sahara - great ep some cool tracks here, will defo be trying these out!

- Jask - Solid tracks here. Full support!

- Sarah Favoritism - its tres sexy! i love it! :) full support

- Carlos Mena - Great EP, will definitely support this release on the show and in the clubs! - Carlos Mena (Ocha/Bembe)

- Roog (Hardsoul) - This project sounds very interesting!

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